Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Drinking and Driving Victim Shares Emotional Story

Grade 12 students Ashley Vickers (l)
and Moranda Frenette (r)  with Guest
Speaker Charline Manuel
Charline Manuel of Baie-Sainte-Anne was a guest speaker at Blackville School on April 28. Manuel spoke to the high school students about her traumatic experience that resulted from drinking and driving.

Manuel told the students that in 2002 she was hit and then dragged by a drunk driver's truck while out walking one evening.

She showed pictures of the injuries she sustained, and she explained how she went through 31 surgeries and the recovery process. She told the students that she still has constant pain as a result of the injuries, but she is grateful to be alive.

Manuel told the students she hoped her story will make them think twice and that they will never drink and drive.

Students try out the Vision Impairment
Goggles to experience how alcohol
affects vision and eye coordination.
As Manuel shared her story with the students, they were very quiet and attentive. Many students commented that they found Manuel's story very powerful and emotional.

Manuel speaks to many different groups and schools and has made it her mission to share her story with as many young people as she can.

She was recognized by MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) in 2010 when she received their John G. BatesVolunteer Award.

by Riley Sherrard
Photos by Jules Keenan

Blackville Students Meet Chris Hadfield

Col. Chris Hadfield and Sgt.
Brett Duffy of 679 Blackville
Royal Canadian Air Cadet
Grade 10 Blackville student Brett Duffy contacted retired Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield before Hadfield arrived in Fredericton on April 21 as a guest speaker for UNB's Andrew Initiative on April 21.

Duffy sent a letter to Hadfield, who was the first Canadian Commander of the International Space Station, asking if the cadets from his regiment could personally meet Hadfield after the event.

In his letter, Duffy said that he thought meeting Hadfield would be an amazing opportunity for local people to have a chance to talk to such an inspiring Canadian.  Duffy said he was "was very excited and surprised" when he received a response.

Duffy's autographed photo of
Col. Chris Hadfield
Hadfield spoke at the Andrew Initiative event at the UNB Fredericton Campus last Monday. Duffy and other cadets from the area attended the event.

Hadfield spoke about his experiences in space and walked the attendees through what life in space was like.  Duffy said that the overall experience "was very fulfilling and enjoyable."

Duffy has been a member of the 679 Blackville Royal Canadian Air Cadets for almost five years. His rank in the regiment is Sergeant.

by Justin Donahue

Friday, April 24, 2015

A Trip to Geneva

Front Row (L-R): Zoe Tozer, Kaylyn Stoddard, Gabrielle Saulnier,
Abby Beale, Alyssa Goguen, Gabrielle Martin, Deanna Fraser
Back Row (L-R): David O'Leary, Karlee Stoddard, Olivia King,
Madison Pendleton, Lauryn Delaney, Erin Moody, Julia Murray, 
Sophie Fraser, Reaghan O'Leary, Grace Ashfield,
Jenna Leighton, David Peterson
Grade nine Blackville School student Erin Moody and a group of other young female hockey players from the Maritimes went to Geneva, Switzerland during the week of April 6.

They were there to participate in an International Hockey Tournament called the Geneve Hockey Challenge for youth under 15.

This is the first time any team from the Maritime provinces has participated in this challenge. This challenge features teams from Europe's biggest countries including Russia, Sweden, Finland. etc.

According to an interview, by Terry Seguin on CBC Information Morning-Fredericton, David Peterson set up the V-Red Prospects program seven years ago. Most of the players who went to Geneva participated in this program.

Erin said she was very excited when she found out she was invited to the challenge. Playing on an Olympic hockey rink was her favourite part of the trip.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Blackville Student Recognized for Outstanding Sportsmanship

Larissa Bryenton
Grade 12 Blackville School student Larissa Bryenton is one of six student athletes to be selected to receive the NBIAA Raymond Légère Sportsmanship Award (Northern Conference).

The award recognizes student athletes who display outstanding sportsmanship towards team-mates, coaches, opponents and game officials. It is presented to student athletes by the New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association.

Larissa will be honoured for her accomplishment at the 10th Annual NBIAA Sportsmanship Awards Banquet scheduled for Wednesday, May 13 in Fredericton at St. Thomas University.

Larissa graduates from Blackville School in June. She is enrolled in the Veterinarian Technician program at Oulton College in Moncton. Her parents are Stephen and Joni Bryenton of Doyle's Brook near Chelmsford.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Middle School Student of the Month (March)

Logan Burke 8O
Logan is a hard worker, especially kind and helpful.
He also displays great academic achievement. He is especially thoughtful,
shows outstanding effort and shows respect for others.

Piper Duffy 8M
Piper is hard working; she is especially kind and thoughtful.
She shows great leadership skills, and she displays an outstanding effort in her work.
She also consistently shows respect for others.

Madison Betts 7W
Madison Betts is a hard worker and very kind.

Isabella Hallihan 7M
Isabella is hard working and shows great academic achievement. 

Cassidy Hallihan 6D
Cassidy shows outstanding effort and respect for others. She is especially kind and helpful

Monday, April 13, 2015

Blackville Students Recognized at CUTE Awards

Left to Right: Tanisha Hallihan, Mackenzie Jardine,
Amelia Underhill, Madison Gillespie
Four high school students at Blackville School received a CUTE award (Creative Use of Technology in Education) for their photo essay "Jessa the Jumping June Bug."

Amelia Underhill, Tanisha Hallihan, Madison Gillespie, and Mackenzie Jardine were the recipients of this award on April 9 at the CUTE Awards Ceremony at James M. Hill Memorial High School. 

Three other students were also recognized as finalists in the photo essay category at the ceremony for their video on "Nature." They are Mikayla MacDonald, Eve Pond, and Abby Keenan.

Below is the winning photo essay video:

Furniture Upgrade at Blackville School

Some high school students enjoy the new library furniture
Recently the proceeds from Blackville Home and School's many fundraising events were put to use by purchasing new furniture for the library.

Along with the new furniture consisting of a couch, love seat, and a chair, there are 6 bean bag chairs for the elementary and a very nice rug.